This is a post that I never thought I’d be writing. It’s about exercising even when you don’t want to because you never know what’s around the corner!
Tuesday night, after a long day at work, the last thing I wanted to do was exercise. Walking, hiking, biking, it didn’t matter. Nothing appealed to me and I found myself making bargains. Take Maggie for a little hike and meditate, at least.
And then, another excuse for not exercising. Maggie and I went to the bank. After you go to the bank, you can go for a bike ride.
We got home from the bank. After you feed Maggie, you can ride your bike.
I really just wanted to sit on the deck with some SF lemonade and read a book. If you ride your bike now, you will still have enough light to sit on the deck and read for a little while.
That was the last straw. I admitted that I was simply making excuses, and that even though I was tired, the bike ride would perk me up. Even if I didn’t actually become perky, I’d feel better. The lemonade was ice cold, the book was ready, there were no more excuses.
It was the right thing to do.
The next day was a long one. I didn’t leave work until nearly 8 pm, and the closer I got to home, the more appealing an evening walk became. I walked in the door, intending to just grab the dog and leave, when I realized that the caregiver hadn’t shown up, and the Alzheimer’s mom (AM) hadn’t eaten. And, of course, neither had Maggie.
So, I started moving. Made AM a burger [cut it into quarters so that she’d actually pick it up and eat it], fed the dog, fed the cats, cleaned up the dishes, etc etc etc.
I couldn’t stand it any longer. Even though I was even more tired than the night before, I needed some air. Maggie and I took a walk, and my intention was to go at least 2 miles. I’d hoped that I’d start perking up after a couple of blocks, but that didn’t happen. We walked a little less than a mile, but the fresh air was so nice and I felt somewhat better.
Planning is a good thing, but life so often interferes. We all have days when nothing goes right, and other days when we just don’t want to move. After this, I’m going to think twice about not exercising when I actually have the time. There’s no telling when the chance will come around again.
Sometimes it’s just out of our control! So, tonight, I’m going to leave a little early, and do something. Not sure what, but it’ll be nice.